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1 Biathlon Alberta Coaching Seminar 2012 Edmonton, June 9, 2012

2 Who Is Who? Richard Boruta, Ch.P.C. National level athlete (Czechoslovakia) HP biathlon coach since 1994 Czech, Austrian, German, Russian, Canadian systems All levels of coaching in Canada (RMR – Olympics 2006) BATC Head coach

3 Who Is Who? Petr Zidek Trail Grooming experience Both kids into Canadian Junior National level Rifle marksmanship Rifle technician / custom stock builder

4 Who Is Who? Rick Michael Greg Airat Iari Sam Jennifer Bryan Mark Lori Davis Ray Julia Alan

5 Athletes performance – your coaching record Meghan Armstrong David and Andrew Leoni Robin Clegg Scott Perras Zina Kocher Julia Ransom

6 Interpretation Every coach needs to find his or her way of coaching It is important to stay up-to-date with your knowledge Stay focused on your goals – big picture Let your athletes to teach you a lesson Learn from others, but do not steer away from your course!

7 Shooting technique Importance of Prone versus Standing Great variety of positions and techniques Consistency is the key Try to find for everybody as natural position as possible Allow enough time to stabilize athlete’s shooting skills (avoid major changes close to season) Always adjust rifle to body and range, don’t try to adjust body to rifle!

8 Prone Easier (better rifle support, body stability) Basics for breathing, aiming, trigger work

9 Prone – rifle/body contact points Consistency is the key to success! Major vs. minor points

10 Prone High x Medium x Low position Sling tension (Men little more than Women) Left elbow position slightly left from rifle (right handed) Head straight up Back aligned, shoulders and hips square to spine Shooting order (L-R vs. R-L) changes the tension! Front sight size (2.8 – 3.5) Trigger hand/ finger position Sometimes too long stock! Breathing patterns – shoot in half exhale!

11 Different prone positions High Medium Low

12 Standing Maximize stance support Anatomical grip for left hand Rifle above center of gravity (middle of feet) Left hand inside the stance Proper stock length Right elbow in natural position (balance x rifle control) Different breathing patterns than in prone

13 Standing position alignment

14 Trigger finger position

15 Trigger work

16 Focus distribution Environment, situation, position, trigger, aiming Where do you want your athletes to focus their aiming eye? Post vs. circle aperture Focus during fine aiming - equal distribution between sights and trigger

17 Position vs. Aiming/trigger

18 Dry firing Important for developing specific strength and muscular endurance Follows and compliments the shooting periodization How much is enough?

19 Shooting evaluation Different shooting tests Precision shooting (10+10, 20+20, 30+30) Biathlon shooting (1-shot set-up, 5 across) French (Bulgarian) test: precision 2 min drill (P,P,S,S) 10* # of hits+ (80 –time s) 5x1 shot set-up P/S: time for 5 hits in each position (160-time P; 150-time S)

20 Shooting evaluation Need to take into account different conditions on different ranges (indoor, rifle range, biathlon) Know your ammunition, sometimes it is not the athlete’s fault! Not always is the best precision shooter also the best shooter in biathlon, but there needs to be a certain standards Training is designed for practicing different approaches, no need to be concerned about all the percentages. Focus on high intensity shooting!

21 Range Procedure - Prone

22 Range Procedure - Standing

23 Support documents

24 Correction chart

25 Dry firing targets Need to be round and proper size!

26 Shooting periodization It is very important to treat shooting training the same way as physical training! There needs to be a general phase (technique / precision), biathlon specific phase (speed, metal targets, skis / RS), low intensity and high intensity overloads as well as rest! Planning and evaluation (time, number of shots, accuracy)

27 General preparatory 6-8 weeks, average 5 times a week Cover your basics: technique, precision Speed drills No intensity or easy combo In average 1 combo per week Dry firing 4-5 x min, mostly holding, position set- up

28 Specific Preparatory weeks, 1 no intensity session, 4 combos Transferring skills into higher intensity workouts Biathlon speed shooting with focus on maintaining accuracy Roller ski shooting drills Time trials Dry firing 4 x 20 min some holding (mostly S), speed for position set-up, using poles

29 Competitive Dry Land 2-3 weeks, shooting 4-5 x per week Biathlon specific testing, roller ski races or TT Opportunity to rehearse acquired skills, test your taper First real picture of actual biathlon performance Dry firing 3-4 per week 10 minutes (trigger technique + set-up speed)

30 Specific Preparatory weeks, 4-5 x per week Last opportunity to work on technique / precision No more major changes since early October Dry land + on-snow training Mostly biathlon-specific drills Dry firing 4x 20 min

31 Competitive Period x per week, based on competition schedule Selection trials, low key races Automation of all processes Dry firing as needed (4 x 10 min), also 2 hrs before the race to fire the neuromuscular coordination!

32 Competitive Period x per week, based on the competition schedule Low volume (usually rounds per session)

33 Transition Period Do not shoot for at least 4 weeks! Clean the rifle and do a mechanical check-up.

34 Short form shooting periodization September – 4 weeks General Preparatory October – 4 weeks Specific Preparatory 1 (dry land, skill stabilization) November – 4 weeks Specific Prep. 2 (dry / on snow, biathlon specific – speed, time trials) December / January – 9 weeks Competitive 1 (Selections, low-key races) February/ March – 8 weeks Competitive 2 (Nationals)

35 Discussion about shooting Typical errors Typical misses (1-7-10) Vostok vs. Anchutz Air rifles Various positions Precision shooting standards Latest competition trends

36 Training periodization

37 Basic Time Table

38 Yearly planning instrument

39 Periodization rules Decide about season’s peak and other important races, than work backwards Avoid consecutive flat weeks (same hours, same workouts), try to always change the volume or intensity Regular resting periods Train hard, but remember good recovery! Health is # 1 Who is feeling too good in summer, usually doesn’t race well before January

40 Full Time Periodization General Preparatory (8-9 weeks) Specific 1 (8-9 weeks) Competitive DL (2-3 weeks) Specific 2 (6-7 weeks) Competitive 1 (10-11 weeks) Competitive 2 (8-9 weeks) Transition (4-6 weeks)

41 Important Allow athletes to excel at school Set up priorities / time lines Health is the Number 1 issue Keep positive attitude Athletes need positive motivation from success (!) Develop the whole person (Physical + mental development) Do not specialize too early (some Phys-ed programs are not reliable for teaching good motoric skills)

42 Specific vs. Non-Specific training People are born to walk, they need a break from skiing Controlled sun exposure is important for human body, constant winter is not the best All the top teams in the world are building general endurance and strength with non-specific activities Work your inner muscles first (core stability), before you put on your “beach” muscles

43 Compensating Many athletes are used to compensate for their weaknesses, rather than trying to improve them Many athletes develop over-use injuries in the Youth / Junior age, when they want to become serious athletes and they will increase their training volume. They didn’t build proper fitness base in younger age, usually because they were more talented and didn’t need to work hard. Poor shots are compensating with fast skiing, while good shots can hide poor skiing performance.

44 Give them clear goals

45 Motivation Athletes should enjoy the journey, not just the destination!


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